On December 31st 2020, I received an email that was sent from a newer virtual bank in Hong Kong.  I summarized part of the message:  

      “How would you describe 2020 in one word or phrase? I’d say “perseverance”! From the very first day since our official launch, we’ve spared no effort to create a different bank for you ...

       It was also exactly this kind of perseverance that drove us to go the extra mile and push ourselves beyond the “norm”.  We choose to become a game changer, simply because we want to make banking better.”

       What attracted me to this advertisement was few special word in it which inspired some thoughts:   

      "Perseverance"... (makes people) do their best... to create/make...a different...  

      "Perseverance"... (makes people) go beyond normal... (become) a changer... to make improvement...  

      "Perseverance" is indeed what people all over the world needed in 2020.  But for every Christian, perseverance alone is still not enough.  What people of God need is perseverance with faith.  Perseverance with faith is the conviction that the Holy Spirit will add strength and wisdom to believers to accomplish God's work/mission.  Perseverance alone can only accomplish what one wants to do at best.  But there is no guarantee that one is capable of doing it.  From the past to present, the family of BAC has been experiencing this perseverance with faith.  Brothers and sisters are united in one heart, striving hard to fulfill the vision and mission that God has given to BAC.  

      "Perseverance with faith".... enables BAC to do her best....to build a “not-the-same” church that makes disciples.

      "Perseverance with faith".... enables BAC to go beyond the norm....when the lives of disciples are changed by the Lord, BAC will become a church that changes the community.  

       As BAC is approaching her 40th anniversary, let each one of us continue to hold on to this "Perseverance with faith", strive to pursue spiritual growth, faithfully lead others to the Lord, and make BAC a church that “reproduces and nurtures”.

      在去年十二月三十一日收到一間開業不久的“虛擬銀行”寄來的電郵。部份內容說:「您如何用一個單詞或短句來形容2020?我會說“毅力”!從正式開業以來的第一天起,我們就竭盡全力為你創建/締造一間不一樣的銀行...。  

      正是這種“毅力”使我們更加努力,使自己超越了“正常”狀態。我們選擇成為(遊戲規則)改變者,僅僅是因為我們想改善銀行的服務!」

      這個廣告吸引我的地方,是當中幾個特別的字句,啟發了我一些的思想:

     “毅力”...( 使人)竭盡全力...去創建/締造...不一樣(的)...

     “毅力”...(使人)超越正常狀態...(成為)改變者...(作)改善...  

     “毅力”的確是2020年全世界的人民都需要的。但對每一個基督徒來說,單靠毅力仍是不足夠的。屬於神的人所需要的,是有信心的毅力。有信心的毅力,是深信聖靈會加添信徒力量及智慧,去完成神的工作/使命。單靠自己的毅力,最多只能夠完成自己想做的事情。但我們卻不能擔保自己一定可以有能力去完成。從過去到現在,本宣家一直經歷著這有信心的毅力,弟兄姊妹都是同心合一,努力地去完成神給予本宣家的異象及使命。  

     “信心的毅力”...使本宣家能竭盡全力...為主建造一間不一樣、有能力建立門徒的教會。

     “信心的毅力”...使本宣家能超越正常狀態...門徒生命被主改變後,本宣家能成為一間有能力改變社區的教會。  

     當本宣家邁向四十週年的時候,讓我們每一位家人,繼續持守著這“信心的毅力”,努力追求靈命成長,忠心領人歸主,建立本宣家成為一間“能生能養”的教會。